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Michael Bishop


No Enemy But Time
Year 1982
Publisher Spectra  (Bantam)
ISBN 0553281879



Loner John Monegal spends his dream time in a vivid world of lush green savannahs, thundering prehistoric beasts, and wary feral protohumans.  These extraordinary visions target him for White Sphinx, a secret government time-travel experiment that hurls him back millions of years into the bright Pleistocene Africa of his dreams.  Now the breathtaking landscape and mammoth creatures confront him in brutal, beautiful reality.  And as his one link with his own time breaks down, he must join with the startling protohumans and share their endless struggle of life and death.



Winner of the Nebula Award

"Absorbing, fantastic ... this gripping jaunt into man's distant origins carries true dramatic power".
Gregory Benford

"Unique  ... Michael Bishop banks his verbal fires carefully, exercises a poet's control over his imagery.  I recommend him without reservation."
Roger Zelazny



Orion Nebula



Credit: NASA

Orion of a Different Color
Even with a good telescope you won't come across a sight quite like this one. It is a familiar object though, the grand stellar nursery known as the Orion Nebula. But the striking picture combines images taken through three separate filters, each designed to record different emission lines -- light from sulfur, oxygen, and hydrogen atoms glowing in the tenuous nebular gas.

In this image, sulfur is red, hydrogen is green, and oxygen is blue, a color scheme used in images of other astronomical nebulae as well. While very different from what the eye sees, the image is still both beautiful and scientifically valuable, tracing elements and conditions within the nearby star forming region.

NASA Image of the day archive





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